How To Jump Start A Dead Car Battery
It happens… You try to start your car and… well… nothing happens… Now you need a jump start to get your car running. Here is how to get that jump start you need to get back on the road fast. Locate some jumper cables and follow these steps.
1. Turn You Car Off.
You have tried to start your car, and you know you have a dead battery. If you keep trying to start your car your battery will only be drained even more. Turn it off.
2. Find A Friend Or Family Member
To get a jump start you will need another car. Locate a friend or family member you know who can give you a jump start. Most places with security patrols (college, malls, and theme parks) will give you a jump if you ask.
3. Get Your Cars Closely Together
The jumper cables will need to be able to reach both batteries from the cars. Most jumper cables are short so get as close as you can.
4. Make Sure Both Cars Have EVERYTHING Off.
Make sure that you have everything in the car turned off. This includes the radio, a/c, heater, radar detector, GPS, hazard lights, — you get the picture. If it night time, keep your hazards and headlights on only with the good car. You need all the juice you can get!
5. Connect The Red Cables To The Positive Terminals
(Before we proceed – do not touch the cables together.) The red cable stands for positive energy! The red will need to be connected to the “+” terminal of the battery. Connect the good car battery first, and then connect the dead car battery next. To do this, squeeze the clamp of the cables and connect it to the metal terminal. Make sure it is tight.
6. Connect The Black Cable To The Negetive Terminals
The black cable stands for negetive energy! The black will need to be connected to the “-” terminal of the battery. Connect the good car battery first, and then connect the dead car battery next. To do this, squeeze the clamp of the cables and connect it to the metal terminal. Make sure it is tight also!
8. Start Your Engines!
It is time to see if it really is just a dead battery… Start the engine of the good battery first and then start the engine of the dead car battery last. They should start, but if not check the connections again.
9. HIT THE ROAD!
If your car starts, then you will need to drive it a while (about 15 minutes) in order to charge the battery back up. If this happens again soon it may be time for a new car battery. Take it to a close auto part store and ask them to check it. They will check it for free in most cases, and help you install a new battery should you need to purchase one.
Written By Paul Brown – Owner of EZ Lockout & Roadside Service
2819 Woodcliffe Dr.
San Antonio, Texas, 78240